Energy Efficiency Newsroom

Check this webpage regularly for regional and national news and information about building energy efficiency, energy code updates and development, and equipment efficiency standards.

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2021 WSEC CODE DEVELOPMENT

NEWS FROM THE SBCC - The State Building Code Council has completed the code development process for the 2021 WSEC-C and WSEC-R. The anticipated effective date for the 2021 codes is July 1, 2023.

Click here for the Group 1 and Group 2 code development schedule.

POSTED - September 5th, 2022

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2022 FALL FOCUS TRAINING SERIES

This training series will highlight requirements in the commercial 2018 Washington State Energy Code (WSEC) by discipline. Webinar topics will include service water heating systems and technologies, solar readiness and energy metering. Refer to the Educations and Resources webpage for information about dates, times and how to register.  

POSTED - September 5th, 2022

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THE 2018 WSEC COMMERCIAL COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTATION WEBTOOL IS AVAILABLE NOW!

An energy code edition selector has been incorporated into the online compliance documentation webtool so users can select either the 2015 or 2018 WSEC edition for their commercial compliance documentation. This online resource captures many details from the WSEC for envelope, mechanical and lighting systems. 

READY TO GET STARTED WITH THE WEBTOOL? Create an account and then select My Projects to set up a new project and explore all the helpful features.

UPDATED - February 9th, 2021

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ALL 2018 WASHINGTON STATE CODES EFFECTIVE DATE

All Washington State Codes went into effect on February 1st, 2021. Refer to the SBCC website for more information about the current code.

POSTED - January 21th, 2021

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2018 SEATTLE ENERGY CODE (SEC) EFFECTIVE DATE

The Seattle Energy Code went into effect on March 15th, 2021. Visit the Energy Codes webpage on the City of Seattle website to sign up for email notifications from SDCI.

POSTED - December 15th, 2020

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Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) - Washington Department of Commerce

CETA (SB 5116) was implemented in May 2019. It commits Washington to an eletricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

"CETA is a complex law requiring transformation of an essential service, electricity, and many agencies and stakeholders will work together to achieve its objectives. Commerce will work closely with the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC), which regulates the rates and service of investor-owned utilities. Other state agency partners include the state auditor and the departments of Ecology and Health.

More than 60 electric utilities must comply with CETA. Interested stakeholders represent business customers, low-income and vulnerable communities, consumers, environmental advocates and renewable energy developers." WA State Energy Office - WA Dept of Commerce

Click here for more information about CETA.

POSTED - February 7th, 2020

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WSEC Commercial Technical Support - ETC

Evergreen Technology Consulting (ETC) provides commercial energy code technical support services for WA State. We provide classroom and online training, technical topic resources, on-line compliance documentation tools and on-call technical support. 

Refer to the Contact Us page to reach our commercial energy code experts.